Not to be missed experiences in West Cornwall
The Minack Theatre
The Minack is a unique experience, whether you stay to watch a performance or just go and explore this amazing theatre. Created over the winter of 1931 and into 1932 by Rowena Cade and her gardener Billy Rawlings this cliff side, open air theatre is spectacular in all weathers. It is open daily all year round, with performances from March to September.
Newlyn & Mousehole
These two neighbouring fishing villages are steeped in history but could not be more different. Newlyn harbour is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK and a walk around the piers will include every kind of fishing vessel, from deep sea trawlers to small open boats used for hand lining. Less than 2 miles away, along a pleasant coast side walk or a short car/bus trip, is the historic village of Mousehole. With it's enclosed harbour and small beach it is a safe place for small children to paddle. The narrow streets and alleyways are teaming with gift shops and galleries. A great place to explore.
St Michael's Mount
Whether you walk across the causeway at low tide or catch a boat over, adults and youngsters alike cannot fail to be hypnotised by St Michael's Mount. It's a steep climb up the medieval pathways, through sub-tropical gardens, to the castle steeped in myths and legends but it's well worth the effort.
Sennen Beach (Whitesands Bay)
With over a mile of fine white sand and fantastic surfing this is one of the finest beaches in the UK. You can learn to surf with Sennen Surf Centre, enjoy fine dining at Ben Tunnicliffe's Beachside Restaurant, go rockpooling in the small harbour beach, explore local arts and crafts at The Roundhouse Gallery, and visit Sennen Lifeboat House.
Penzance Promenade and Jubilee Pool
Penzance Promenade stretches the seafront between the Jubilee Pool, Cornwall's much celebrated Art Deco lido, at the Eastern end and Newlyn to the West. With views spanning Mounts Bay it's the idyllic place to take a stroll on a sunny summers day.
Arts & Heritage in West Cornwall
- Tate St Ives
- Barbara Hepworth Museum & Gardens
- Penlee House Museum & Gallery
- Newlyn & Exchange Galleries
- Newlyn School of Art
Play Parks in West Cornwall (and beyond!)
Tried and tested by our own small people!
- Marazion Folly Field - Right on the beach with views of St Michael's Mount. Toilets available.
- Bolitho Gardens & Wherrytown Skate Park - On the beach at the Newlyn end of Penzance prom. Basketball courts and and lots of paths suitable for scooting and cycling. Good skate park. Toilets available.
- Alexander Gardens Penzance Promenade - Next to the amusement arcade on the promenade. Toilets available.
- Penlee Park - This play park is at the bottom of the public gardens. Lots of mature trees to give shade in summer and open spaces for ball games. Toilets and Cafe available at Penlee House.
Further afield but worth a trip
- Hayle Recreation Ground & Skate Park - This is a large recreation area with a play park, skate bowl, ball sports field and tennis courts. Toilets & food available.
- Helston Coronation Park & Skate Park - Good size play area and large skate park next to a boating lake. Cafe & Toilets. Rowing boat hire in the summer. Short walk to Penrose Estate which has level buggy & cycle friendly paths through woodland.
- Heartlands, Pool - Heartlands play park is one of the largest in Cornwall and has something to suit all ages. Also gardens, museum, cafe & toilets.
- Kimberly Park, Falmouth - A large modern play park within a formal gardens in the centre of town. Toilets & food available.